We are truly saddened to announce the passing on Wednesday, August 26, of our father, our father-in-law and our Opa, Dr. Rudi Fischer.

Rudi (known to us as Pap) had a remarkable life starting from his days as a child in Indonesia, his schooling in war torn Europe and his decision to seek a new life as a doctor in Canada together with our mother, Attie, who passed away only a few short months ago.

While Pap often related fun and interesting stories of his childhood in Suluwesi, his youth was interrupted by the global conflict of World War II. His experiences during this time did much to shape his personality, his professional ethic and his values as a husband and a father. Rudi knew when he met Attie (Mom) more than 65 years ago that he had found a life partner whom he could trust, love and enjoy a happy life together. After making the courageous decision to immigrate to British Columbia in the 1950’s, Rudi and Attie set about creating a warm, happy, stable family life for their children with stops in Victoria (twice!), Vancouver, Penticton, Kingston (Ontario) and Vernon.

Driven by the instability he experienced in his youth, one of Rudi’s prime goals was to provide his family with the security and comforts he felt were essential to nurturing a healthy soul. Known to be frugal, Pap was at the same time very generous, particularly with family. As a very private person, Rudi did not let many people get close but was very loyal and caring for those whom he did. His commitment to his family, and his guidance have been an enormous benefit to us all.

We will be forever grateful and happy to have had him as our father and our friend, and while we are heartbroken at his passing, we take comfort in the fact that our parents were not separated for long and are now together forever as they always wanted to be.

“I gave to you my love,

you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness,

I thank you for the love you each have shown,

But now it’s time I travel on.

So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must,

Then let your grief be comforted by Trust

It is only for a time that we must part,

So bless the memories within your heart

I won’t be far away, for life goes on”

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